Damascus: This is five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, his face smeared with dried blood, stains and dust dotting his shirt as he stares blankly at the camera; numb with pain, after a bombing shook his neighbourhood in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
His photo, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows the horror civilians face every day in the strife ridden Syria and has even the most hard-hearted observer of the civil war in shock.
A video that was shot by anti-government activists, shows the little boy being rescued by officials amid chaos and confusion at the site of the bombing. Omar almost looks like a ragged doll that is taken into an ambulance and then made to sit in a red chair as he bleeds.
He sits quietly, without uttering a word, despite his grave injuries, perhaps dazed and too much in shock to react. He rubs his bloodied face with his hand and then stares at his hands, after a few seconds, he rubs off the blood on the chair without any expression.
The rescue workers bring in more injured children into the van but none of them so much as let out a squeal of pain, as if resigned to their horrifying fate.
Some reports state that the district may have been bombed by Russian planes that has intensified bombing raids on Syria.
For the first time, the country on Tuesday began manning its warplanes from an Iranian airbase to bomb and the move has been widely criticised by the western world.
The conflict had killed more than than 290,000 people since it erupted in March 2011....